Pale straw with green-gold hues. Lifted and fragrant aromas of clover blossom, lemon rind, lime leaf, white currant and freshly cut hay round out into candied ginger, chamomile tea and vanillin. A lovely ripe and juicy palate of stone fruit, nashi pear and lemon curd flavours build richness across the mid-palate, with the time in oak adding layers of complexity and texture. The wine looks incredibly youthful for it’s age, due to fresh, zesty acidity creating an elegant and long finish.
There is no use comparing it to other Australian semillons, this is out on its own, and is incredibly good.
A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. It was a dry, warm and windy start to January, with some welcome rain at the end of the month coinciding with the onset of veraison; perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards. Mild weather followed from February through to April providing a fairytale vintage, eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided stunning signature regional varieties that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for exceptional ageing.
"A very youthful wine and, with just 600 bottles produced, possibly the rarest of all Henschke releases. It is the bounty of a small parcel of semillon that grows within the Hill of Grace Vineyard, planted in 1952. It has freshness and crisp, structural punch in 2015 with some riper aromas, flavors and textures. Some gently grassy and waxy notes lead to lime, lemon and light, fresh lemon-peel aromas. The palate is both fresh and concentrated with a very smooth-honed core, thanks to barrel fermentation, a nine-month rest in French oak and a further spell in bottle before release as a five-year-old white. Remarkable for many reasons."
“Planted by fourth-generation Louis Henschke in '52 on the Hill of Grace Vineyard opposite the church and cemetery. Matured for 9 months in used barriques. There is no use comparing it to other Australian semillons, this is out on its own, and is incredibly good. The real question is how many years/decades will pass before it reaches optimum maturity.”